Stem Cells

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Stem Cells

Evelyn B. Kelly

1stPublisher: Greenwood PressFormat: Hardcover

Every day, newspapers and television news programmes present stories on the latest controversies over healthcare and medical advances, but they do not have the space to provide detailed background on the issues. Websites and blogs provide information from activists and partisans intent on presenting their side of a story. But where can students and members of the public go to obtain unbiased, detailed background on the medical issues affecting their daily lives? This volume in provides readers and researchers with a balanced, in-depth introduction to the medical, scientific, legal, and cultural issues surrounding stem cells and its import in today's world of healthcare. “Stem Cells” is organised to provide easy access to information on the subject. Section 1 provides overview chapters on the background information needed to intelligently understand the issues and controversies surrounding stem cell research. Section 2 offers capsule examinations of the contemporary issues and debates that provoke the most heated disagreements, such as religious concerns and regulations in various countries.Section 3 includes reference material on stem cells, including primary source documents from important players in the debate, a timeline of important events, and an annotated bibliography of useful print and electronic resources. This book enables students and the public to understand the issues involved in stem cell research, and provides a springboard for further research into the issue.

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